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A creative color mini-project

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: A creative color mini-project

Alright, are you ready? Are you ready to hop and skip and jump around to different panels in order to make some creative adjustments to this photograph? Because in this course my focus has been to help you to become more efficient, but also to become more creative, I want to share with you a little bit of a creative process of working on a photograph. Well this picture, I love it in a sense that it's shot with the sun right behind the subject. When you're using a film camera and you do that, a lot of times the photograph, it becomes red and yellow and it's really bright, there's a lot of flair.

A creative color mini-project

Alright, are you ready? Are you ready to hop and skip and jump around to different panels in order to make some creative adjustments to this photograph? Because in this course my focus has been to help you to become more efficient, but also to become more creative, I want to share with you a little bit of a creative process of working on a photograph. Well this picture, I love it in a sense that it's shot with the sun right behind the subject. When you're using a film camera and you do that, a lot of times the photograph, it becomes red and yellow and it's really bright, there's a lot of flair.

Well, I want to bring some of that to this picture. So we'll start off in the Basic Panel. Here I'm just going to boost my Shadows there, also perhaps darken my Blacks a little bit, and just increase the Exposure just a touch as well. Already, the photograph is looking a little bit nicer. Yet, here we're just being efficient; rather I want to push this further. What else could we do? Well, another way that we can modify color and tone is by using the Tone Curve. If you click into your different channels underneath the Point Curve options, we could go to the Red Channel and bring in some reds into the highlights there.

We could also click down to Blue Yellow and then bring in some yellows as well. Right now the image looks a little bit muddy, yet don't worry about that. We're going to correct that as we go. Let's keep hopping and skipping. Here I'm going to hop over to the Split Toning controls and I'll bring in a little bit of a yellow into the highlights, so I'll just find a nice yellow there, and also some reds into those deeper tones. Now that we've done that, I also want to apply some effects. So I'll click on the fx Panel, and here under my Post Crop Vignetting, I want to brighten up those edges.

And in doing that, you can see how we're kind of bringing in some nice flair here. I'll increase my Feather amount so that, that kind of fades out a little bit, just adding a little bit of that nice kind of transition around those edges. Next, I'm noticing that the Exposure, well it's too low. I need to boost it up, bring it up. Let's go back to the Basic Panel. In the Basic Panel we're going to bring up that Exposure. In doing that that's going to kind of correct some of our color issues as well, and then I'll deepen my Blacks here to bring out some nice density there.

Alright, we still have more to do with this photograph. I'm noticing that the hat looks a little blue or purple. So we can get rid of that by going to one of our panels, which is called HSL. Here I'll go to Saturation and then just desaturate the blues. In doing that it kind of makes the image feel more cohesive. It's starting to take on kind of some nice narrative or story elements. It feels like it was captured with film. Speaking of film, why don't we add some film grain? We'll select the Zoom Tool and then click on the image, and as I mentioned before, we're hopping and skipping; we're going from one panel to another.

And what my hope here isn't that you're necessarily following along, but you're starting to see how you can use Camera Raw in order to come up with some creative ways to process your photographs like this. Here I'll go back to fx and I'm going to bring up my Amount for my Film Grain and also then take down the Size a little bit. This will create a nice soft feel. I mean, the grain has a great mood or emotion with this picture. Let's look at the before and after here with this panel, and then let's also evaluate all that we've done.

To do so, we'll click on Snapshots and then press the P key or click on this icon. Here's before and then now here's after. Next, we can zoom out by double-clicking the Hand Tool and then we can click Preview to look at before and then after. As we make these changes, we also might need to navigate back to panels. So here I'll go back to Tone Curve and I'm going to go into my Red Channel. I'm noticing that I have a little bit too much red in the photograph for my liking, so I'm just going to bring that down a little bit here. And I think I need to bring it down in the highlights, so I'll drag that top point down a bit so it's now a little bit more focused on the subject there.

Alright, it's all in the details, all of these subtle adjustments which help us to improve our photographs. Next, I'm going back to my Split Toning Panel and here I'm going to remove a little bit more yellow from the highlights there. I think I brought in too much into that area of the picture as well, but perhaps I need a little bit more actually, so I'll go ahead and drag that around. So again, the creative process, it isn't linear, rather it's almost circular. You hop here, you go there, you make an adjustment there, and then you get to the end result, this photograph here.

And if we zoom in on this picture and look at it, well, it's just a completely different photograph and you can only accomplish this if you've gotten really efficient with all of your controls, and then if you ask yourself, well, how can I use all of this technical expertise, not just to process the image so that it's correct, but so that I can process the image so that there's feeling or emotion or so that you can further your vision for your photographs. That is so important. Camera Raw is much more than sliders and controls, rather it's about how we can further our photographic ideas and how we can accomplish those, how we can make Camera Raw work for us, rather than us working for Camera Raw.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

117 video lessons · 12167 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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